CMS’s new superintendent visits Independence

Charlotte Mecklenburg School’s new superintendent, Heath Morrison, visited Independence High School Monday.  Morrison met with principal Amy Dellinger, faculty, transportation staff, and students.

“His primary goal was to get a feel for the culture and the organization of summer school,” said Dellinger.  Independence High School holds summer school for the district, serving students and teachers from Providence, East Mecklenburg, and Butler High Schools.

Morrison entered classrooms and spoke with students about the purpose of their summer school enrolment, graduation plans, and the next steps after graduation.

Dellinger and Morrison had some informal conversations about what is working well for Independence.  They will have a more Independence-focused conversation later in the year to discuss teachers, students, and the culture of the school.

“We were certainly glad to have him here,” said Dellinger.

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Class of 2012 – High school seniors in Mint Hill

High school seniors in Mint Hill are finishing their last week of school and preparing for graduation.  In the coming week Queen’s Grant, Rocky River, and Independence High Schools will turn their tassels and celebrate their accomplishments.
Queen’s Grant High School has a graduating class of 88 students, and 95 percent of them plan to further their academic careers.  As a whole, the students have applied to over 90 colleges, and have been accepted to over 50, including Notre Dame, William and Mary, UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, Cornell, Columbia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and Baylor.  Three percent of the seniors intend to enlist in the military in the next year. Continue reading

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Indy teacher sky dives

Long-time Independence High School  chemistry teacher,  Melissa Bliss, did something crazy before Mother’s Day—she went sky diving.  She made a trip down to Skydive Carolina in Chester, South Carolina, where she met up with her tandem partner, the man who would be latched onto her when she made her big leap towards the ground.
There are a couple of procedures, including picking a flight suit, watching an informational video and doing a series of exercises before jumping.
“It was a very quick process before we went up in the air, the instructors made it out to be no big deal, so I wasn’t quite nervous.” Bliss said.
She paid extra for a videographer to go skydiving with her so he could take pictures and even make a video, so she could show her friends and family.
“It made a great, and shocking, Mother’s Day present for my mother,” she said. Continue reading

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Independence students nominated for award

Independence High School’s musical performance of Grease earned them nominations for the Blumey Award, sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts and Wells Fargo.  Musicals participating in the competition were evaluated by a panel of three judges from members of the theatre community in Charlotte.  Independence was nominated for Best Featured Performer, Marissa Plondke as Patty, and Best Choreography Execution.

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Independence Senior Meredith Avant wins Broad Prize

Independence senior Meredith Avant (right) was awarded Broad Prize at a CMS Block Party.

Independence High School Senior Meredith Avant was one of 28 CMS seniors who have been named 2012 Broad Prize Scholarship winners.
The students received the news they won a $20,000 scholarship from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation during a surprise announcement at a block party held for CMS employees.
In 2011, CMS won the Broad Prize for Urban Education, the largest such award in the country.  The district was recognized for overall academic improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among minority students.
Broad Prize scholars receive two- or four-year scholarships depending on the type of college they choose.  Scholarship recipients who enroll in four-year institutions receive $20,000 paid out over four years ($5,000 per year). Students who enroll in two-year institutions receive $5,000 scholarships paid out over two years ($2,500 per year). The scholarship selection and disbursement process is managed by Scholarship America.
Butler High School’s  Jess West and Rocky River’s Katherine Roberts also won the scholarship.

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Independence softball ready for playoffs

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Coach Ken Orsilio has a lot to be proud of this year when it comes to his Independence girl’s softball team. The squad has a record of 16-2 overall and 13-1 in the conference with its last regular season game this past Monday night against longtime rival Butler High School, which they won 10-0.
As they end the year in conference play and head into playoff territory, Coach Orsilio has high hopes for the team and his two brightest stars, Erin Standley and Katie Pearsall. The two have played together for years now, and their chemistry and experience playing together has really uplifted the team this year. Continue reading

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